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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 78-80

"Very Late" isolated para-aortic nodal recurrence of carcinoma cervix mimicking radiation-induced sarcoma

1 Bioimaging Unit, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai- 400 012, India
2 Department of Radiation Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai- 400 012, India
3 Department of Pathology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai- 400 012, India

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V Rangarajan
Bio-Imaging Unit, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-1482.80470

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Only a minority of the patients who develop recurrence after definitive treatment for cervical cancer are detected after 5 years (late recurrence); the numbers are lesser still after 10 years (very late recurrence). Among the infrequent cases that do develop "late" and "very late" recurrence, the commonest site is the pelvis. We report an unusually rare recurrence of treated cervical cancer confined to the para-aortic nodal group after a protracted disease-free interval of 13 years. On the basis of the long disease-free interval, location of the mass at the periphery of the radiation field, and aggressive imaging appearance, a diagnosis of radiation-induced sarcoma was considered. However, the final diagnosis of isolated para-aortic nodal recurrence of cervical cancer was rendered based on the histopathological and immunohistochemistry findings, supported by the absence of disease elsewhere on whole-body imaging.

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